A civil liberties group has asked government around the world, including Australia, to block the release of confidential financial records to US authorities tracking terrorst funding. London-based watchdog Privacy International said it had filed
Almost every piece of personal information that Americans try to keep secret -- including bank account statements, e-mail messages and telephone records -- is semi-public and available for sale. That was the lesson Congress learned over the
The government agency charged with fighting identity theft said Thursday it had lost two government laptops containing sensitive personal data, the latest in a series of breaches encompassing millions of people.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and other top Agriculture Department officials are on the list of 26,000 people whose personal information may have been stolen by a computer hacker, USDA said. At risk are their social security numbers,
The Navy has begun a criminal investigation after Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and family members were found on a civilian Web site.
Privacy advocates slammed AT&T for declaring that it owned its Internet and video customers' account information and could hand the data over to law enforcement if needed. AT&T faced lawsuits claiming they aided government domestic spying progra
Fresh from a fight with US officials over the sanctity of online search information, Google joined an alliance of technology firms calling for federal legislation protecting consumer privacy.
The commissioner for Information and Privacy in Ontario unveiled June 19 a series of tips and guidelines for using RFID within Canada. First of all, the fact that Canada even has an information and privacy commissioner makes me look longingly to the
Ohio University said it has suspended two information technology supervisors over recent breaches by hackers who may have stolen 173,000 Social Security numbers from school computers.
By employing cryptography, the researchers say they can ensure that law enforcement, intelligence agencies and private companies can sift through huge databases without seeing names and identifying details in the records. [trust us]
A laptop containing the Social Security numbers and other personal data of 13,000 District of Columbia employees and retirees has been stolen, officials said. The computer was stolen from the home of an employee of ING U.S. Financial Services, said
How could a program designed to monitor the minute data of millions of innocent Americans be any worse? By stripping its privacy protections and abuse safeguards, and opening the database up to browsers all over the national security community.
The Pentagon pays a private company to compile data on teenagers it can recruit to the military. The Homeland Security Department buys consumer information to help screen people at borders and detect immigration fraud.
“Tice met last month in a closed session with senior staff from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Tice said he told the staffers everything he knew. But he said the aides did not say how, or if, they would follow up on his allegations.”
The IEEE has started work on a new protocol—a standard called IEEE 1902.1 also known as RuBee—that is expected to give retailers and manufacturers an attractive alternative to RFID for many applications, especially item-level efforts.
Unless one already has landed in your mailbox, you probably don't know or care that the American Community Survey exists. But each year citizens who live at 3 million American addresses must fill out the survey and share some of their most-privat
Personal data on about 2.2 million active-duty military, Guard and Reserve personnel _ not just 50,000 as initially believed _ were among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month.
In 3 years since Americans gained federal protection for their private medical information, the Bush administration has received 19,420 complaints alleging violations but not imposed a single civil fine and prosecuted just 2 criminal cases. Of the
Social Security numbers and other personal information for nearly 17,000 Medicare beneficiaries could have been compromised when an insurance company employee called up the data through a hotel computer and then failed to delete the file.
A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching U.S. soil. In an era when other intelligence agencies try to hide those operations, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, dire
Top US law enforcement officials have told Internet companies they must retain customer records longer to help in child pornography and terrorism investigations, and they are considering asking Congress to require preservation of records.
A federal judge in Detroit said she will proceed with hearings in a suit that challenges a domestic spying program by the NSA, despite assertions from the Bush Adminstration that doing so would reveal "state secrets" that affect national se
The EU’s top court scrapped a decision forcing airlines to give data about European passengers to US authorities as part of their post-9/11 security crackdown. The decision to approve the data transfers was “founded on an inappropriate legal basis.”T
The U.S. government has asked a pair of federal judges to dismiss legal challenges to the Bush administration's controversial domestic eavesdropping program, arguing any court action in the cases would jeopardize secrets in the ongoing "war
An internal Justice Department inquiry into whether department officials —including Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and then Attorney General John Ashcroft—acted properly in approving and overseeing the Bush administration's domestic eavesdropp
The American Civil Liberties Union launched a 20-state campaign on Wednesday to stop warrantless eavesdropping by the National Security Agency and prevent telecoms firms from providing it with phone records. The rights group was appealing directly t
Mayor Michael Bloomberg thrust himself into the national immigration debate Wednesday, advocating a plan that would establish a DNA or fingerprint database to track and verify all legal US workers. The mayor also said elements of the legislation mov
The Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security spend millions annually to buy commercial databases that track Americans' finaces, phone numbers, and biographical information, according to a report last month by the US Government Account
[Using your stolen tax dollars.] The Departments of Justice, State, and Homeland Security spend millions annually to buy commercial databases that track Americans' finances, phone numbers, and biographical information, according to the GAO